I need a new pair of shoes for 6th Form as my old ones from Deichmans have started separating a bit from the front of the sole which makes my feet damp when it rains. I thought that Doc Martens would be a suitable replacement because then I wouldn't have to waste money on nice looking but crappy shoes every year. I knew they were expensive outright and I normally never ask for anything expensive from my parents, but when I asked my dad, he said no. He then took me to Deichmans again to convince me that there are far better alternatives. I told him I'll find something online thats been used and cheap and he agreed.
For the past 2 weeks, I've been looking at eBay and Vinted and at last, I've found 2 pairs that haven't been sold lol. One is a size 8 which is a bit more battered and one is a size 7 safety shoe which is brand new. They're both at £35 but my question is, for normal school/smart shoes, I'm a size 8. Based on the fact that Doc Martens tend to stretch, should I get the safety shoe which is in better condition, or not?